Summer is officially here, and with the long, hot days comes countless outdoor activities and numerous hours in the sun. It is important to make sure you are protecting your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Protecting your skin from the sun is essential in preventing skin cancer.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers and 65 percent of melanoma skin cancers are directly associated with exposure to harmful UV radiation from the sun.
Learn more about skin cancer
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends the following steps to protect your skin and reduce your risk of skin cancer:
The sun doesn’t just damage your skin; it can also damage your eyes and lead to sunburn, cataracts or cancer. Learn more about protecting your eyes.
For more information on skin protection, please speak with your doctor.
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